I never cared for Donald Trump – his public persona, at least.

And I certainly have never been a big fan of Roseanne Barr.

The debut of the reboot of Rosanne shows what I know, I guess.

Roseanne made a triumphant return Tuesday night, blowing past projections with a 5.2 adults 18-49 rating and 18.2 million total viewers for the debut of its revival, which drew 10% more viewers than the original series finale 21 years ago.

While nostalgia was expected to bring in eyeballs, no one predicted such a huge turnout on premiere night for the blue-collar family sitcom with a Donald Trump-supporting protagonist, especially among the younger demographic. But then, few predicted that Trump would become the Republican nominee and would win the presidential election when he first announced his candidacy.

But one thing that has become predictable is that liberal Hollywood and New York are shocked, shocked, that people in “flyover land” can take a break from fawning over Los Angeles and New York-centered, virtue-signal-clogged, impeccably progressive entertainment to partake in a little of (let’s be honest) the cultural Resistance:

But it worked, leaving many TV insiders shellshocked today by the magnitude of the revival’s ratings success that revealed the untapped potential of comedies that provide realistic portrayal of blue-collar America. What’s more, Roseanne did that while also making a social commentary, something rarely seen since All in the Family, Norman Lear’s 1970s classic that has long been rumored to get a reboot.

Y’know what’d be fun (and never, never get greenlit)?   A reboot of All in the Family with a crusty, intolerant patriarch who was a former hippie, longtime “progressive” activist and virtue-signaling bigot, whose daughter marries a hard-working conservative square-stater.

That would be a fun reboot.

14 thoughts on “Unexpected

  1. Well, she did good, and of course we’re all scratchin’ and spittin’ to say thank you to her.

  2. It’s amazing how much of an ignorant, unsophisticated bigot Rob Reiner has become.

    Or…er…maybe he always was but my generation refused to see that in themselves.

  3. Archie, a WWII vet and blue collar worker, was mad as hell because, even then, the post-war American Dream was fraying. Roseanne, who failed at pretty much everything, was mad as hell that the American Dream was handed to her between two hoagie buns.

  4. A reboot of All in the Family with a crusty, intolerant patriarch who was a former hippie, longtime “progressive” activist and virtue-signaling bigot, whose daughter marries a hard-working conservative square-stater.

    Sounds more like a sequel to “Family Ties”.

  5. Emery, “Archie” was caricature of of a WWII vet & blue collar worker created by Norman Lear, an America-hating cultural leader of the far Left (read some of his political writings, sometime). He created “People for the American Way,” a specifically political organization. Occasionally you criticize the divisive politics of the American Left. Lear endorses those politics whole-heartedly.

  6. Woolly, Archie was funny because he was so out of touch and things were changing around him and making his views irrelevant. What made Archie Bunker work was his long, slow walk toward redemption — toward opening his heart and mind, to examining his biases and prejudices. (Remember the episode where he learned his uber-masculine friend was gay?)

    We’re human and we can’t all be right all the time. Frankly, I’m looking forward to the back-and-forth between Americans that isn’t filtered by the likes of Fox News and MSNBC. Maybe a little humor will help us listen to one another.

  7. Shvonder-eTASS says: Roseanne, who failed at pretty much everything

    Reality: The series reached #1 in the Nielsen ratings becoming the most watched television show in the United States from 1989 to 1990, and remained in the top four for six of its nine seasons, and in the top twenty for eight seasons.

    That is pretty much a failure, Shvonder-eTASS. And you know all about failure every time you look in the mirror.

  8. That would be a fun reboot.

    Actually, there is now talk about return of Last Man Standing. Can’t wait.

  9. I like Amazon much better than I like Trump. Jeff Bezos should be president. He is a much better businessman than Donald Trump.

    Amazon is on track to switch to their own delivery system within a year or two (no USPS, no UPS, no FedEx) because even small cost advantages and mis-delivery error rate reductions translate into non-trivial bottom line gains.

    Trump is barking up the wrong tree, as usual. (And should be quiet about “tax dodging” in any case.)

  10. Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.

    From what I understand (and I think this was validated in “The Forgotten Man”), nobody liked Hoover (think Jimmy Carter). Had they used the name Calvin Coolidge, same syllable count, same period of time, far better president, they wouldn’t have looked as foolish, but liberals never care about facts and stuff.

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  12. I hope Amazon does start its own delivery service, that will give Trump’s administration cause to investigate it as a vertically integrated monopoly. Doesn’t have to be true, only has to cost Amazon a billion dollars in lawyers until they reach a settlement to donate money to various non-profits who will funnel it back to the Republican party.

    Hey, that’s how Democrats did it. What’s the problem?

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